Fons & Porter Blog

From the expert quilting staff at Fons & Porter, we welcome you to our quilting blog filled with rich content, perfect for quilters of every level – whether you just picked up the bug or have been quilting for years.

Here, you’ll find quilting techniques, tips and tricks from quilting experts aimed at helping you improve your skills one step at a time. You’ll also find information about quilt styles and blocks, like our popular BLOCK Friday series where we profile different quilt blocks and give you suggestions on using them in your quilts. We also talk about some of the important questions in quilting like how to bind your quilt and whether or not you should prewash your quilt fabrics, along with some surprises.

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What?— me English paper piece?

Our sewing specialist Cindy said she would never English paper piece. She tried it and why frustrate herself again when she can piece other shapes on a machine? Mind you, she’s tried about every tip and technique there is to piece blocks for magazine test blocks in Tried & True and Sew Easy steps, and…

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Did you ever wonder how to put those neutral batiks to work for you?

Since a trip to New York, our Editor, Jean Nolte has had her eye on Timeless Treasure’s Tonga Sugarplum collection of strips and squares.  She also likes the shy tones of their neutral batiks and wanted to use both together with her favorite accent color— a beautiful royal purple. As soon as Jean got back to her room, she…

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Have you heard of Shweshwe fabrics?

Our March/April Love of Quilting issue features a quilt made by Evelyn Young called Monkey Business. It is made from a fabric called Schweschwe, that has an interesting and amazing history. You have probably seen this fabric in historic and contemporary quilts and not been aware that it is still dyed in much the same way…

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Color surprises!

I’ve finally decided what I’m doing for my Crayon challenge and to my surprise, my color choices are quite a bit different than what I started with! I’ve arranged and rearranged blocks and pieces of blocks, auditioning colors and arrangement. I’ve even worked in the colors orange and pink, which I  didn’t even consider when…

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Friends and their opinions are priceless!

How do you work out a quilt design? My friends and I enjoy designing our own quilts.  We are traditional, practical, contemporary and eclectic—sometimes all at the same time! We all use our own techniques at home. Graph paper, sketching freehand, EQ Software, Adobe, and Corel Draw, to name a few. But, the best design…

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Check out the Civil War Ladies Quilt!

The Civil War Sampler quilt is featured in the Jan/Feb and Mar/Apr  issues of Love of Quilting and will wrap up in the May/June issue of Love of Quilting. You are welcome to join the Civil War Sampler group anytime, here at QCA, and share as we work together through the Civil War Sampler Quilt.  It’s a…

Everything old is new again—-with a little updating!

Have you noticed how some blocks are just plain timeless? They were designed way before we were quilting, and in some cases, before our grandmothers were quilting! Those blocks have been used through the years in all kinds of fabrics and now, even in art quilts with wonderful embellishments layering over them. Just how modern that…

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Some things in life ARE free!!

We just can’t pass up sharing this great value, from our sister magazine, with our readers. Quilter’s Home if offering a free e-book for download! Yes- it’s free— Just click here! Modern quilting, as they call it, are simple and easy projects for your home that can be completed on our busy modern time schedules.…

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How do you work out a quilt design?

A design wall is a great tool. I know I’ve talked about it before, but it bears repeating, especially in this stage of the quiltmaking process. I’m more visual, so seeing the colors together, rearranging them, switching out colors, and staring them down really tells me how they will look together. For my turquoise crayon…

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Sneak Peek at one of the quilt projects for the Alaskan Cruise!

We are really excited about our next cruise—to Alaska May 21–28—especially our Editor, Jean Nolte, who has been working on a great quilt for the occasion! On a trip to New York City last spring,  Emily Cohen, at Timeless Treasures teased us with their new Tonga Treats strips and squares. When Jean started designing a…

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Do you belong to a small group? Check out some of our special interest groups here at QCA! The Civil War Ladies group is now forming!

Small groups are a great way to share a common interest ! We have a very large group in Des Moines that has numerous small groups. It helps members with common interests focus and share their ideas and knowledge with like members. Topics can range from applique, Feedsack quilts, Baltimore Quilts, reproduction fabrics, even a specific…